If you have glasses and are a sports fan you know how difficult and challenging playing a sport while wearing glasses can be. Glasses have come a long way over the years though, from traditional glasses that break easily to the sports glasses made to handle impact from sports without breaking.
What about contact lenses? Did you know there are Sport Contact Lenses? When you compare contact lenses to glasses when talking about sports, you have some advantages by using contact lenses. These advantages can include;
- Better peripheral vision
- Unobstructed field of view
- Less likelihood of fogging up or getting splattered
- Less chance of injury (from a broken part of the glasses)
- More stable vision
- Better compatibility with safety equipment (no fighting those baseball and football helmets)
Switching to sports contact lenses and contact lenses, in general, can be a big deal to someone who has worn only glasses their entire lives, which is why it is recommended that you start slowly until you and your eyes adjust to the change.
Should you pick the GP or soft contacts when playing sports? Typically GP lenses do not let as much oxygen reach the eye which can be beneficial to some sports players while hindering others.
GP lenses don’t absorb tears from the eyes like soft lenses which helps you to focus less on dry eyes and more on the game at hand. A con to the GP lenses is because of their rigidness it can take longer for your eyes to adjust to them they are also smaller in size than soft lenses which can lead to increased occurrences of dislodging from the eye.
Sports contacts can typically be thrown away after use which eliminates the need to clean and disinfect them after each use. This can save time and money depending on which type you chose to use. This disposable option is nice for those who travel with their sports because there is no need to take a solution and containers along with you on the trip.
While most athletes prefer to wear contacts when playing sports there are some sports that you may be better off wearing glasses with because a pair of sports glasses with a wraparound strap can actually provide a form of eye protection. In the end, it boils down to your preference and what is best for you and your athletic lifestyle.